march for babies blog

21 Feb

Why is March for Babies So Important?

Posted by Linda

As I gear up for March for Babies and start asking for donations, it helps me to keep the WHY at the top of my mind. Life gets busy. My schedule gets hectic. But what keeps me energized and motivated is remembering the reasons why I can never stop reaching out for funds.

…every year more than a half million babies are born too soon.
…prematurity is the leading cause of newborn death.
…babies born just a few weeks early can have serious health problems and lifelong challenges.

I know that the money I raise will help moms carry their babies for at least 39 weeks — and carry them home!

I’ve already registered, created my emails and made a donation (putting my money where my heart is!) to show my potential donors how much this means to me. I’ve also raised my goal to raise hopes for babies and moms everywhere! Healthy babies are the greatest gifts of all. I give thanks every single day for my two children, and it spurs me on to help give this gift to every expectant mom. If you haven’t registered, please do. And always remember the WHY, because babies will always need us.


Why is March for Babies So Important?

Comment by Linda Shipley — February 21, 2013 @ 10:53 pm

Love this organization! Happy to support this! They supported my cousins daughter when they needed them. I pray God will continue to bless this awesome organization. Ward is a true blessing from The Almighty! And this organization is being mightily used by Jesus Christ. I know He smiles on everyone that is involved in this organization. Thank you so much for your future donations. God bless!

Why is March for Babies So Important?

Comment by Linda Fries — February 22, 2013 @ 11:24 am

On November 16, 2008 my grandson, Colten James Wescoe, was born pre-maturely at 28 weeks. He weighed 2 lb. 2 oz. and was 14 1/2 inches long. When my daughter began having problems the week before his birth she was given a steroid shot to help strengthen his lungs in the event of an early birth. Well, Colten did arrive early and that shot gave him a better chance to survive. Colten spent the first 10 weeks of his life in the NICU where he was taken care of by a team of wonderful doctors and nurses. During that time he was given blood transfusions to help his little body get stronger. Several times he stopped breathing. Had it not been for the research the March of Dimes provides and the advancements they have made in caring for Premature Babies, I don’t know if Colten would have survived his birth and those first weeks of his life.

Why is March for Babies So Important?

Comment by Patricia — February 23, 2013 @ 1:27 am

Hi my name is Patricia and I will want to walk to help all babies pleas email me back I don’t know how this work I want to help but don’t know how this will be the first time I do it pleas email me back I’m from Clifton n.j but I saw that there is a event here in passaic county in n.j and I’m closer to that so pleas help thank you

Why is March for Babies So Important?

Comment by Gina Hillmer — February 25, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

On January 31, 1996, I had a premature stillborn baby at 34 weeks. His name was Cole Thomas Ray Hillmer. Cole was diagnosed via ultrasound around 31 weeks with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Because he also showed clenched fists an amniocentesis was performed and 10 days later it was discovered that he also had Trisomy 18.

Even though we ultimately lost our son, I was grateful that my provider, Sutter Health, performed a late term ultrasound to confirm that I had Polyhydramnios due to complications with the baby. If it had only been that my son had the first two diagnoses, the doctors would have scheduled a cesarean to prevent further damage to the Neuro-Tube defect which would potentially cause paralysis. The surgery to repair/close the opening would have been scheduled rather that emergent and all of the specialists and NICU would have been scheduled at his arrival. Not to mention the preventing the potential health risks to me in delivering a baby with Hydrocephalus.

Since this experience, I’ve educated myself, and other women, on the importance of taking Folic Acid whether or not they’re actively pursuing conception. Folic Acid, taken regularly, has proven to prevent these anomalies from occurring. By the time a woman discovers that she is pregnant many conditions have already developed and therefore the Folic Acid would be of little help.

It is also my hope that insurance companies would adopt routine late term diagnostic ultrasounds as part of their protocol. This simple procedure could better identify potentially life threatening issues to both the baby and the mother; many of which can be treated or prepared for prior to delivery.

By supporting March of Dimes, I’m partnering with an organization that believes that every baby deserves a fighting chance at a healthy life.

Why is March for Babies So Important?

Comment by Stephanie Walk — February 25, 2013 @ 4:27 pm

I’m walking this year for two reasons: First, my husband had a baby that was born months too soon (prior to my meeting him). The baby did not survive more than two days outside the womb. Poor little angel is now a guardian angel over our now 16 month old baby girl. Adrianna was born “near term”. One day earlier and they would have called her “premature”. So odd how they term these things but thankfully she was a healthy baby girl. As a mother, I feel the pain of others who have lost their babies intensly. I want to help them – I want to make a difference. What better way to help than to do this walk :-)


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